The roadmap to the 21st UN climate conference, in Paris (France) in December, was debated by MEPs, the Latvian Presidency and Commissioner Arias Cañete on Wednesday. The conference of parties (COP21) to the UN Convention on Climate Change aims to deliver a worldwide climate agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol.
09/01/15 - Our World, our dignity, our future: EU launches the European Year for Development 2015 [168 KB]
As 2015 begins, so does the European Year for Development (EYD2015) − a year dedicated to raising awareness, engaging Europeans everywhere in the EU’s development cooperation and sparking a debate around the motto ‘Our world, our dignity, our future’. The EYD2015 was proposed by the European Commission and unanimously adopted by the European Parliament and Council. It is an opportunity to showcase the strong commitment of the EU and its Member States to eradicating poverty worldwide.
18/12/14 - Statement by the Spokesperson on the announcement by the FARC of a unilateral ceasefire for an undefined period
The announcement by the FARC yesterday of an indefinite unilateral ceasefire is a welcome development.
- 18/12/14 - Human rights: democratic opposition in Venezuela; arrests of activists in Sudan and Mauritania
On Thursday 18 December 2014, the European Parliament passed three resolutions, calling on the Venzuelan authorities to withdraw "unfounded" charges against the opposition leader; condemning the arrest of human rights activist Dr Amin Mekki Medani in Sudan; and demanding the immediate release of anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid in Mauritania.
- 15/12/14 - Lima outcome keeps climate talks on track for Paris Agreement
The European Union welcomes the outcome of the United Nations climate conference in Lima as a step forward on the road to a global climate deal in Paris next year. The conference agreed on two deliverables, the Lima Call for Climate Action and the draft elements text for the 2015 Agreement. As countries come forward with proposed emissions reduction targets in the coming months, the Lima Call for Climate Action requires all countries to describe their proposed target in a clear, transparent and understandable way.
- 07/12/14 - The EIB at the UN’s COP 20 climate conference
The EIB has observer status at COP 20, where global nations will negotiate and shape their contributions to vastly reduce carbon emissions before a global agreement in Paris at the end of 2015. This year the EIB delegation to Lima consists of high-level experts and is headed by the Vice-President Jonathan Taylor, responsible for Climate Change and Environment.
- 04/12/14 - COP20 Climate change talks: European Parliament delegation to attend Lima summit
A 12-strong delegation of MEPs will take part in the UN climate conference in Lima, Peru, from Monday to Friday. The 20th Conference of Parties (COP20) aims to set out the structure of a global and binding climate agreement to be concluded in Paris in 2015. In a resolution voted last month, the European Parliament reiterated the EU commitment to getting on track for a below 2°C climate warming scenario, and pledged to step up European contributions to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
- 02/12/14 - Building global climate ambition
Joint article by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission; and Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy
- 28/11/14 - Lima climate talks crucial stepping stone towards 2015 agreement
The European Union expects the UN climate change conference on 1-12 December in Lima, Peru, to pave the way for the adoption of a new, legally binding, global climate agreement in Paris next year. The EU is confident that the new agreement will significantly strengthen and broaden collective international efforts to tackle climate change. The 40% greenhouse gas reduction target agreed by EU leaders in October, together with the announcement by the US and China on their future targets that followed, are clear evidence of global resolve.
- 28/11/14 - Questions and Answers on the UN climate change conference in Lima
European Commission - Fact Sheet
Questions and Answers on the UN climate change conference in Lima
Brussels, 28 November 2014
- 25/11/14 - Joint Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2014
Joint Statement by Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission; Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality and Neven Mimica; and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development.
- 25/11/14 - Pope Francis delivers a message "to all the citizens of Europe" at the European Parliament
Safeguarding human dignity was a key theme of the formal address delivered by Pope Francis to Members of the European Parliament on Tuesday 25 of November. Immigration, protecting the environment, and promoting human rights and democracy were among the topics stressed in a speech that enjoined "Europe to rediscover the best of itself".
- 11/11/14 - "European Union: a Global Leader in Climate Action" - speech by Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, before the ENVI committee of the European Parliament
"European Union: a Global Leader in Climate Action" - speech by Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, before the ENVI committee of the European Parliament. Brussels, 11 November 2014
- 29/10/14 - Colombia and Peru fulfil the criteria for visa-free access to the Schengen area
The European Commission adopted two reports concluding that Colombia and Peru fulfil the relevant criteria, with a view to the negotiation of visa waiver agreements between each of these countries and the EU.
- 29/10/14 - Colombia and Peru fulfil the criteria for visa-free access to the Schengen area: access to documents
The European Commission has concluded that the necessary conditions are met for the start of visa waiver negotiations between the EU and Colombia and Peru.
Once the reports have been discussed in the appropriate committees and groups of the European Parliament and the Council, the Commission will seek authorisation from the Council to negotiate short-stay visa waiver agreements with each of the two countries. If the Council grants such an authorisation, negotiations could start in the first trimester of 2015. Only after the agreements enter into force will visa-free for the citizens of these countries become a reality. This could happen, at the very earliest, in the second half of 2015.
- 22/10/14 - European Parliament elects new European Commission
On October 22, 2014, the Members of the European Parliament approved the new college of 27 Commissioners, as presented by its President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker, with 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. The new European Commission now needs to be formally appointed by EU heads of state or government to enable it to take up duty on 1 November for a five-year term.
- 22/10/14 - Setting Europe in Motion: President-elect Juncker's Main Messages from his speech before the European Parliament
Statement of the President-elect of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, in the European Parliament plenary session ahead of the vote on the College. Strasbourg, 22 October 2014
- 17/10/14 - Trafficking in human beings 2010-2014: eradicating the slave trade
To mark the 8th EU Anti-trafficking day on 18 October 2014, the European Commission is taking stock of all coordinated efforts which have been made during the 2010-2014 European Commission mandate towards the goal of eradicating human trafficking.
- 16/10/14 - World Food Day: Joint statement by Commissioners Andris Piebalgs (Development aid) and Kristalina Georgieva (Humanitarian aid)
Today's World Food Day is an opportunity to reflect on how European Union aid is alleviating the world's greatest solvable problem: hunger. As we are about to pass on the work on humanitarian aid and development to the next European Commission, it is time to take stock of what we have achieved and what remains to be done.
- 07/10/14 - Designated EU High Representative Federica Mogherini sets out EU foreign policy priorities in hearing before the European Parliament
On Monday 6 October High Representative/Vice President-designate Federica Mogherini had her confirmation hearing before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament. In a session lasting more than three hours, Ms Mogherini set out the principles which will guide her over the coming five years if she is confirmed in her post.
- 25/09/14 - 14/10/14 - Public consultation on a possible extension of geographical indication protection of the European Union to non-agricultural products
This public consultation is part of the European Commission’s evaluation of the opportunity and feasibility of the extension of the Geographical indication (GI) protection at European Union (EU) level for non-agricultural products. Stakeholders are invited to reply the questions contained in the Green paper and to share their views on the areas identified in the document.
- 24/09/14 - OAS and European Union Sign Cooperation Agreement on Conflict Analysis, Early Warning and Crisis Response
The Organization of American States and the European Union today had signed a cooperation agreement on issues of conflict analysis, early warning and crisis response, in a ceremony that took place at the headquarters of the Pan-American institution in Washington, DC. on September 23th, 2014.
- 19/09/14 - Statement by President Barroso on the results of the Scottish referendum
"I welcome the decision of the Scottish people to maintain the unity of the United Kingdom. This outcome is good for the united, open and stronger Europe that the European Commission stands for. The European Commission welcomes the fact that during the debate over the past years, the Scottish Government and the Scottish people have repeatedly reaffirmed their European commitment.
The European Commission will continue to engage in a constructive dialogue with the Scottish Government, in areas under its responsibility, that are important to Scotland's future, including jobs and growth, energy, climate change and the environment, and smarter regulation."
- 10/09/14 - The Juncker Commission: A strong and experienced team standing for change
President-elect Juncker unveiled his team and the new shape of the next European Commission. The new European Commission will be streamlined to focus on tackling the big political challenges Europe is facing: getting people back to work in decent jobs, triggering more investment, making sure banks lend to the real economy again, creating a connected digital market, a credible foreign policy and ensuring Europe stands on its own feet when it comes to energy security.
- 10/09/14 - Questions and Answers: The Juncker Commission
President-elect Jean Claude Juncker announced on September 10th, 2014 the allocation of responsibilities in his team and the way work will be organised in the European Commission once it takes office. Here are the main facts you should know.
- 30/08/14 - Statement by Catherine Ashton on the appointment of Federica Mogherini as the next High Representative/Vice President
"I would like to congratulate Federica Mogherini on her appointment as the European Union's next High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the Commission.
I wish her every success in taking forward the EU's external action over the next five years at the head of the European External Action Service."
- 19/08/14 - Statement by EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva on World Humanitarian Day 2014
Every year on 19 August, World Humanitarian Day is observed in memory of the victims of the attack on the United Nations' headquarters in Baghdad in 2003 which caused the deaths of 22 people, including the UN Special Representative in Iraq Sergio Vieira de Mello.
- 19/08/14 - World Humanitarian Day 2014: Honouring relief workers in danger around the globe
Today's World Humanitarian Day is an occasion to pay tribute to humanitarian workers who risk their lives in bringing assistance to victims of wars and natural disasters worldwide. It is a time when we commemorate all those who were target of attacks and as a result were wounded, kidnapped or even killed. It is an opportunity to reiterate the importance to respect international humanitarian law
- 08/08/14 - Statement by the Spokesperson on the occasion of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, 9 August 2014
The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.
- 24/07/14 - New funding for Ecuador announced by Commissioner Piebalgs during visit
Significant new support to Ecuador for the years 2014-2017 will be announced by Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, during a visit to the country. The Commissioner’s high level visit will include meetings with ministers, local authorities and civil society groups, as well as visits to EU projects around the country.
- 21/07/14 - EU Commissioner announces significant new funding for Peru during visit
The EU's development contribution to Peru for the period 2014-2017 (€66 million), as well as new funding to support the fight against illegal drugs (€32 million), will be announced today by EU's Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, during a visit to the country to discuss future cooperation with high level authorities.
- 21/07/14 - Memo: EU cooperation with Latin America
The EU has over 18 years of experience of regional cooperation in Latin America. Between 2007- 2013 the EU provided €556 million for regional funds, spent in the areas of social cohesion, water management, socio-economic development, higher education and information society, amongst others.
- 17/07/14 - EU and Ecuador conclude negotiations for trade and development agreement
EU and Ecuadorian negotiators sealed a deal in Brussels that will allow Ecuador to join its Andean neighbours Peru and Colombia in their trade agreement with the EU. "I am delighted we've been able to conclude this ambitious and comprehensive agreement with Ecuador", said EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht. "It will boost our bilateral trade and investment, and act as an important driver for development in Ecuador."
- 15/07/14 - European Parliament elects Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission President
With 422 votes in favour, the European Parliament elected Jean-Claude Juncker in a secret ballot on 15 July as President of the new European Commission to take office on 1 November 2014 for a five year term. The minimum number of votes required was 376.
- 01/07/14 - Martin Schulz re-elected President of the European Parliament
Members of the European Parlament re-elected Martin Schulz as President of the European Parliament for another two and a half year term. The 58-year old German MEP will lead Parliament until January 2017. He won 409 out of 612 valid votes cast in the first ballot.
- 26/06/14 - EU announces significant new funding for education
New funding to support education in developing countries over the next seven years, through the Global Partnership for Education (or GPE), was today announced by the European Commission. The new €375 million (US$510 million) support will contribute to providing basic education in the close to 60 countries where the Global Partnership for Education currently works.
- 26/06/14 - Declaration by the EU on the occasion of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, 26 June 2014
On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we wish to reaffirm the EU's commitment to the prevention and eradication of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Torture is clearly and unequivocally prohibited under international law.
- 12/06/14 - EU launches campaign to combat sexual violence against minors during World Cup
The ‘Don’t Look Away’ (or “Não Desvie o Olhar” in Portuguese) campaign is being supported by well-known Brazilian footballers, such as Kaká and Juninho Pernambucano, and targets Brazilians and foreigners who are attending the World Cup 2014, raising awareness that sexual exploitation is a crime.
- 03/06/14 - The EU and the UN Environment Programme, together against Climate Change in Latin America
EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, signed on June 03, 2014, a new contribution of almost €1 million for the EUROCLIMA programme, created in 2010 to support climate-related actions in Latin America.
- 13/05/14 - EU to boost private sector's role on inclusive growth in developing countries
A new EU policy paper setting out the role of private sector at the forefront of international development in its partner countries has been adopted today by the European Commission. It proposes 12 concrete actions in order to, for instance, improve regulatory business environments in partner countries, support business development and increase access to finance with a focus on micro, small and medium-sized businesses in the formal and informal sector, which play a particularly vital role in job creation.
- 06/05/14 - Council amends list of non-EU countries whose nationals are exempt from the visa requirement
Regarding Colombia and Peru, the amended regulation states that the European Commission will further assess the situation of both countries with regard to the criteria set out in the new article before the opening of negotiations on bilateral agreements on visa waiver.
- 03/05/14 - Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day
On the 21th anniversary of World Press Freedom day, the EU reiterates that free, diverse and independent media constitutes one of the cornerstones of a democratic society by facilitating the free flow of information and ideas, and by ensuring transparency and accountability.
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- 15/04/14 - Statement by the Spokesperson of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the start of a dialogue in Venezuela
"The High Representative believes that these efforts to bring all the parties to the table are an important step towards addressing the legitimate concerns of the people of Venezuela through continued and frank dialogue."
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- 01/04/14 - More flexible visa rules to access the Schengen area
In order to stimulate the European economy and to facilitate the lives of travellers towards the EU, the European Commission has proposed important changes in the visa rules.
- 24/03/14 - Significant new EU support for Latin America announced
European Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, announced the new EU support of €2.5 billion for Latin America for the years 2014 to 2020 (including funding for regional programmes, and for the bilateral envelopes to the eligible countries).
- 24/03/14 - EU cooperation with Latin America
Latin America is currently experiencing a period of economic growth and rising public expenditure and has seen a significant improvement in the job market, the fight against poverty and access to education. Since 2002, 60 million people (out of a total population of 580 million) have been lifted out of poverty, giving the continent an historic opportunity to eradicate poverty - in particular extreme poverty - for good. At the same time, Latin America is the only region in the world where social inclusion has in fact improved over the last decade.
- 13/03/14 - European Parliament calls on Russia to withdraw military forces from Ukraine
Russia must immediately withdraw all its military forces from Ukrainian territory, say MEPs in a resolution passed on Thursday 13th March. They condemn its "act of aggression in invading Crimea" as a breach of international law, declare Crimea’s plans to hold a referendum on its accession to Russia to be illegal and warn that Russia’s actions pose a threat to the security of the EU.
- 27/02/14 - Commissioner Malmström on the European Parliament vote: visa-free travel for the nationals of 19 third countries moves one step closer
For Peru and Colombia, an additional step will be required: the European Commission will only seek the Council's mandate to authorise negotiations of such agreements after it has presented a positive risk assessment confirming that these two countries meet the criteria to enjoy visa-free, in particular those related to irregular migration and public policy and security.
- 27/02/14 - Venezuela: peaceful and respectful dialogue only way out of the crisis, MEPs say
Only respect for fundamental rights, constructive and respectful dialogue and tolerance can help Venezuela to find a way out of its current violent crisis, Members of the European Parliament said in a vote on Thursday, February 27th . They condemned all acts of violence and loss of life and asked for an ad-hoc delegation of the European Parliament to be sent to Venezuela as soon as possible.
- 25/02/14 - Better entry and living conditions for non-EU students and researchers
The EU would offer talented non-EU students and researchers better living and working conditions so as to boost its member states' long-run competitiveness, under draft rules backed by the European Parliament. The rules would also clarify entry and residence conditions for foreign trainees, volunteers, school pupils and au pairs.
- 21/02/14 - Catherine Ashton on unrest in Venezuela
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, issued the following statement today:
- 14/02/14 - Statement by the Spokesperson of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the recent incidents in Venezuela
Statement by the Spokesperson of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the recent incidents in Venezuela